Accelerating Investment & Innovation Summit






Tuesday 29th September 2020, 10:00-16:00

A new Summit, designed to boost investment and innovation 

The Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit brings policy makers together with investors, research institutions and business to discuss some of the most pressing issues impacting investment in early-stage and growing innovative businesses in the regions.

The North continues to produce a growing number of innovative businesses, but research shows the innovation funding gap remains an issue. This year’s Summit looked not only at the impact of this in light of the economic challenges of 2020, but how these challenges could proactively be overcome.

The online event is FREE to attend and is aimed at anyone with an interest in the innovation funding landscape, including Innovative SMEs seeking access to finance support.

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What will the day include?

With a programme made up of panel discussions and opportunities to connect, here’s what you’ll take away from attending:

  • Hear from the UK’s leading economists, investment analysts, investors, fund managers and policy makers
  • Gain the latest insight on future trends and market insights.
  • Learn from expert speakers how to maximise investments and minimise risk.
  • Join the discussion on how we can all drive diversity across the investment landscape.
  • Meet other investors and build new investor syndicates.
  • Network with SMEs seeking finance.
  • Hear from investment ready innovative businesses at an exclusive Newcastle Angel Hub pitch event.
2020 speakers:


10:00 - 10:30

Arrival & networking

10:30 - 10:45

Welcome from the Innovation SuperNetwork
Estelle Blanks, Executive Director

10:45 - 11:15

Keynote speakers: The Northern Investment Landscape: Trends, Insights and Supporting the Early-Stage Innovation

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11:15 - 12:00

The Future of Early-Stage Investment Across the North

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12:00 - 12:15


12:15 - 13:00

Investing for Impact: Accelerating Innovation and Growth

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13:00 - 13:45

Lunch & networking

13:50 - 14:00

Afternoon welcome
Estelle Blanks, Executive Director, Innovation SuperNetwork

14:00 - 14:45

Creating Investment Portfolios to Minimise Risk and Maximise Returns

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14:45 - 15:45

Where and what next? Actions to bridge the funding gap and empower diversity

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15:45 - 16:00

Break & networking

16:00 - 17:30

Newcastle Angel Hub pitch event - investors only

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17:30 - 18:00

Angel Hub networking (optional for investors and pitching businesses).

Brewin Dolphin - Innovation SuperNetwork partner

The Accelerating Investment & Innovation Summit is supported by Brewin Dolphin as an Event Partner.